XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition Video Card Review

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Tom Clancy’s The Division

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Tom Clancy’s The Division is an online-only open world third-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Massive and published by Ubisoft, with assistance from Red Storm Entertainment, for Microsoft Windows,PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was announced during Ubisoft’s E3 2013 press conference, and was released worldwide on March 8th, 2016. The Division is set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a smallpoxpandemic; the player, who is an agent of the titular Strategic Homeland Division, commonly referred to as simply “The Division”, is tasked with helping to rebuild the Division’s operations in Manhattan, investigating the nature of the outbreak and combating criminal activity in its wake. The Division is structured with elements of role-playing games, as well as collaborative and player versus player online multiplayer.

The Division settings

The Division uses Ubisoft’s new proprietary engine known as Snowdrop, which is made for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Snowdrop was created in-house, at Massive, in response to a specific requirement: to do things better, not bigger. The engine focuses on dynamic global illumination, stunning procedural destruction and a great amount of detail and visual effects. The developers wanted a powerful engine that works intelligently and not by brute force only.

The Division settings

We ran The Division with the image quality settings set at Ultra and VSYNC was disabled. We tried to FRAPS to benchmark with these settings, but found it was pretty much impossible due to the night and day cycle always changing when you enter the game and the spot where you load in the open world is slightly different. Unable to get consistent results we resorted to used the games built-in benchmark.

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1080P Benchmark Results: The Division is pretty tough on graphics card and the AMD Radeon RX 470 could only average 52 FPS versus nearly 59 FPS on the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB reference card. 

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1440P Benchmark Results:  As we scale up to 1440P resolution, the XFX Radeon RX 470 Black Edition averaged just 37.8 FPS. You’ll need to lower the image quality settings to get a good gaming experience at 1440P on this card. 

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  • Brad Wilson

    I would expect the upcoming custom RX 480 cards to start around $229 for 4GB and $279 for 8GB, based on the RX 470 prices. That also puts the 8GB card in line with custom GTX 1060 prices. Like your article said, AMD seems to have priced the reference RX 480 too low.

    As such, to suggest buying a card that we’re not likely to ever see available again (reference RX 480 for $199) seems off in some way, at least to me. I guess it just depends on the actual prices for those custom RX 480 cards.

    • Coach

      I do not disagree, but this is a hit against AMD. Nvidia’s 1060 is comparable to the RX 480 8gb and essentially is cheaper now. Places like Newegg have been out of stock and when I get my auto-notify email that they’re back, they’re already sold out again. The “other sellers” have marked them up into the $335 dollar range which is ridiculous! Those are the laws of supply and demand though. Due to lack of product availability, prices are up and sales will go down, especially when team green can compete in performance AND price. I’m disappointed.

      • Brad Wilson

        Agreed. I’ve been checking for 6 weeks, trying to get the right card to replace my GTX 750ti for casual gaming at 1080p 60Hz. All the while fighting the urge to spend $430+ for a GTX 1070, because it’s in stock and has great performance. So on Friday I bought the card in this article, because it was in stock, and at least had core clock and memory speeds close to the RX 480 with better cooling, for $20 more. I just couldn’t wait anymore, and they’re profiting from it.